This spring break, students will travel to Central America to experience the rich biodiversity of Costa Rica. Through scientific observation, outdoor adventure, and immersion in place, students will spend time near the ocean, mountains, volcanos and national parks of Costa Rica to deepen their understanding of flora and fauna of this region.
Beginning in the capital city of San José, students will build a contextual understanding of how culture and biodiversity intersect in the country with visits to local farms, markets, and gardens. They will then travel to the coast with a stop at Poas volcano, before traveling down the coast, visiting a number of national parks near the ocean to whale watch, hike, observe tidal pools, snorkel, swim, and more. Their journey will culminate in an experience at Campanario Research Station where they will be introduced to a number of science research projects designed to explore and catalog the biodiversity of the fauna of the Osa region. Throughout the trip, students will capture their observations and impressions with a field journal, and return to Deerfield having grappled with the meaning and value of biodiversity, conservation, and the role students can and should play as travelers, students, and global citizens.
This trip is open to all students, with preference given to students who have a demonstrated interest in scientific inquiry and are excited for outdoor adventure, including hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and staying in rustic accommodations. All interested students are encouraged to apply by November 4. Financial aid is available for all trips with priority for students who have not previously received aid for a Deerfield trip.